is test and tag?
Test and tag is the procedure for the safety checking of electrical
appliances. Workplaces in NSW must be able to demonstrate
safe systems of work, including electrical safety. Portable
appliances including power tools, extension leads and vacuum
cleaners are items that are frequently handled by workers,
and are open to abuse and hostile environmental conditions
which can cause them to become electrically unsafe.
Test and Tag is a strategy which minimises
the risk of electrical shock to workers. Each piece of equipment
is inspected, electrically tested, and then tagged (labelled)
at regular intervals. A record of these tests is kept as part
of your overall OH&S risk management documentation.
I need to have my appliances tested and tagged?
It is every employer's obligation under the Work Health
and Safety Act 2011 to ensure that they provide a safe place
of work for their employees. This includes ensuring that the
risk of electric shock from portable electrical equipment
and appliances is minimised. There are hefty penalties for
employers and all levels of management where inadequate safety
leads to the injury or death of a worker. Electrical testing and tagging forms a part of your
workplace risk management system.
are your hours of operation?
SEAT's office hours are 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
Onsite bookings are from 7.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
We can also make arrangements to visit your workplace after
hours or on the weekend to ensure there is minimal disruption
to your business.
is the relevant Australian Standard for test and tag?
Australian Standard AS/NZS 3760: 2010 is the relevant standard
for the safety inspection and testing of electrical appliances. For the construction industry, AS/NZS 3012:2010 is the primary standard, ans should be read in conjunction with AS/NZS 3760:2010.
does the inspection and testing involve?
Our qualified test and tag technicians come to your workplace
at a time that is convenient for you.
Each appliance is disconnected from the power and then visually
inspected. This includes examining the plug, the flexible
cord and the cord strain reliefs. Depending on the type of
appliance, we then use electrical testing instruments to test
for invisible flaws such as broken earth connection or flawed
insulation. Once the appliance passes the tests, a record
is made in the Appliance Test Log database and a coloured
tag bearing information about the date of testing is affixed
to the cord.
After the completion of testing at your workplace, we will
issue you with a copy of the Appliance Test Log for your OHS
Risk Management records.
have an RCD "Safety Switch" installed. Aren't we
No, not entirely. A "Safety Switch" or Residual
Current Device (RCD) only protects against certain types of
It is recommended that all workplaces and homes be fitted
with RCDs, and since 2007, the Wiring Rules, AS3000:2007 requires
an RCD to be installed on all new circuits which supply power
points. The use of an RCD however, is no excuse for complacency
when it comes to the regular inspection and testing of your
our "Safety Switch" (RCD) need regular testing?
Yes. Under section 165 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011, RCDs must be regularly tested to ensure that they will
respond to a fault situation quickly enough, and before there
is enough current flowing to give a person a dangerous electric
shock. Sydney Electrical Appliance Testing can test your RCDs
to ensure that their trip time is within the standard.
long does it take to test and tag?
The time taken to test each device is different. However, as a guide, we find
that 15-20 appliances can be properly tested by one technician
in one hour.
many faulty items do you find?
About 2% of all items tested are faulty. Many of these faulty
items have the potential to cause electrocution and/or electrical
We find that tidy office spaces usually
have less faulty equipment than workshops or building sites.
This fact is recognised within the Australian Standard, and
hence the period between inspections varies, depending on
the type of workplace. In some cases it can be as long as
5 years between inspections.
power tools and appliances have worked fine for years. How
can anything be wrong with them?
Appliances can still function when they are unsafe. Here are
two common scenarios:
a) The Earth (Green) wire (inside the
cord) becomes severed or detached from the metal appliance
casing. In this case, the appliance will still appear to function
normally. However, if a fault occurs and electrical current
flows to the metal casing, a person who touches the appliance
will suffer an electric shock.
b) The cord of a frequently used appliance
such as a power drill becomes worn internally. The cord looks
normal on the outside, but inside, the copper wires protrude
through the insulation, and begin to short circuit. There
is a real risk of an electrical fire in this case.
we need to do anything to prepare for S.E.A.T. to test and
We do suggest that you direct your staff to have a
quick look at this website, so they have an understanding
of the testing process.
Staff should be made aware that they will need to shut down
their computers (excluding laptops) and other sensitive equipment
for about 3 minutes each whilst the technician inspects and
Depending on your location, you may
need to provide parking for the technician.
You also need to ensure that the technician
will have easy access to all items which need to be tested.
If furniture or equipment will need to be moved, please have
someone available to do this.
12. What kind of documentation will
All clients receive an Appliance
Test Log which is spreadsheet of the inspection and test results
for each item we test and tag. We generally issue these documents
as an electronic Adobe .PDF file. We can also provide you
with an Asset Register in a Microsoft Excel format file if
you wish. You will also receive an itemised Tax Invoice.
about appliances at home?
Electrical safety is just as important in the family home
as it is in the workplace. You can help to keep your family
safe from electrical shock or electrical fire by having your
appliances checked. Changing your appliance plugs to the new,
insulated pins plugs will help to reduce the risk of electric
shock. SEAT can also change the plugs on your 230V appliances
from UK, Europe, Hong Kong, etc to Australian Standard plugs,
and safety test each appliance.